Deval Patrick, the Former two-term Massachusetts Democratic Governor, stated that he “celebrate[s]” Old Uncle Joe’s speech from last week that labeled the supporters of former President Donald Trump as an overt threat to democracy.
As part of an appearance on the Sunday edition of CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Patrick claimed that the president’s comments were entirely justified due to the so-called “voter suppression laws” and various dark money campaigns throughout multiple states all over the country. Patrick stated that he would not have used the exact words that Biden did, but nonetheless praised the man’s rhetoric of “call[ing] things what they are.”
“A friend of mine says, ‘we’ve been treating our democracy for a long time in this country as if it would tolerate limitless abuse without breaking,'” stated Patrick to start. “And when you add up the 19 states and their vote suppression laws recently, and you look at that alongside the amount of money, so much of it dark, which has been permitted into our politics and our policymaking, the radical purging rules, the ways in which we have distorted the democratic process as a means to achieve better lives for citizens, it is deeply worrisome and it’s gotten worse because of election deniers.”
“I celebrate the president’s speech,” he went on. “Any one of us would choose different words but I think it is great that the president first of all calls things what they are. And also reminds us that the purpose of democracy is a means to assure liberty and justice for all. We have to care about that process and that purpose for those reasons.”
Patrick’s statements seemed to just echo the praise handed down by various other extreme-left-wing figures and media groups over this past weekend. The Atlantic stated that Biden’s address was “The Speech No President Should Have to Give.” As part of an op-ed published by NBC News, Jason Stanley, a history professor out of Yale, claimed that “the president did not shy away from the truth,” labeling the so-called “MAGA Republicans” as an “explicitly antidemocratic social and political movement” that has managed to assume control of the party and is a threat against the nation’s democracy.
Various Democratic leaders sitting in Congress were also chewing at the bit to jump to Biden’s support in the wake of the Thursday evening speech.
“Tonight, @POTUS spoke passionately about what it means to put people over politics,” exclaimed House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) via a social media post. “MAGA Republicans want to divide our nation. Democrats are fighting to strengthen our democracy. The soul of America will prevail and we will continue our march toward a more perfect union.”
“Tonight, @POTUS Biden, in his inspiring and optimistic remarks, made crystal clear that our rights, our freedom and our Democracy are on the line,” posted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
“I stand with my friend @POTUS as he calls on all of us to fulfill our duty and defend our democracy,” stated Senator Chris Coons (D-DE). “It was an honor to witness his fierce defense of the soul of our nation in Philadelphia tonight.”